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more. so what's "more" mean to president obama and will he present an optimistic view of our union as most presidents have? >> i can report to you that the state of this old but youthful union is good. >> i'm pleased to report the state of our union is stronger than a year ago and growing stronger each day. >> my fellow americans, the state of our union is strong. >> tonight the state of our union is strong and together we will make it stronger. chris: or maybe they'll shake things up as president ford did in a bad economy. >> i've got bad news. and i don't expect much, if any, applause. i must say to you that the state of the union is not good. chris: joe, you think the president will talk optimistically about the country or do what gerald ford did? >> what a bummer. i remember that. yeah, i think that the president really feels that the state of the union is stronger for several reasons, one is that he's been winning ever since the election. and he seems to have a working majority now. even in the house. but, also, i think that despite the last quarter of g.d.p. nongrowth, that t
back to southern washington, john brennan, president obama's choice to lead the cia in the second term, was grilled by both democrats and republicans at a confirmation hearing today, one that got off to a raucous start, with protesters and questions about the agency's controversial drone program and interrogation program. nbc's andrea mitchell covering in our washington newsroom. andrea, it's not every day you hear the order to have the hearing room cleared. >> reporter: not indeed. in fact, the senate historians said they can't recall this happening going back to the '60s and '70s. today a chastened john brennan programs promised to be open with congress if he is confirmed to lead the cia. even as the white house still limited access to key documents in a hearing that did not get off to a smooth smart. >> members of the committee, i'm honored to appear before you today. [ heckling ] [ banging gavel ] >> please remove this woman. we will recess. >> reporter: when john brennan did get to testify, he said he opposed the harsh interrogations during the bush administration when he was at t
president obama wants to head the cia. john brennan was pressed hard on the use of drones and enhanced interrogation techniques by members of the senate intelligence committee. government memos leaked earlier this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. brennaned defended and strongly defended the use of drones but distanced himself from how the bush administration questioned terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, after defending drone attacks on terror suspects and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's le
the outside. president obama is determined to do that. he took his communications advisor and made him his senior vfer. -- advisor. he's going to run it like a campaign the chris: let me ask a skeptical question. does the president want to do it or does he want for hispanic votes? to do it, he has to put real teeth into it like checking work permits. does he want the bill or the issue? >> the bill would help him even more than debating the bill and not gethd it with hispanics. i think it's a win-win. if he really wants hispanic votes, getting immigration reform, fighting for it would be good but nothing like as good as getting it. the big question on gun control, even the debt, is really whether the silent center of america decides it's going to speak up on these issues. chris: this issue polls really weak in congress, down in single digits the it's with bugs. you know? it's really bad. when he goes up and runs against them it should be fairly easy to say these guys aren't so great so tell them what to do. >> and i think you've seen this about-face from the white house, that for months and
our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we only take these kinds of actions when there's an imminent threat, when capture is not feasible, and
tomorrow when senate confirmation hearings begin for john brennan, president obama's nominee to head the cia. >>> a powerful earthquake that hit the south pacific. it struck near the solomon islands and generated a tsunami wave over three feet high and reports are saying that at least five people were killed. people were evacuated in fiji. warnings that have been issued have been canceled. some homes were seriously damaged by the waves there. >>> as a young victim of the alabama standoff celebrates his 6th birthday today. this as investigators continue to comb the underground fortress and property of his captor. >> reporter: the fbi released these photos of the suspect's property, along with more detailed information about the rescue of 5-year-old ethan. nbc news has learned as a result of ongoing negotiations, the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes. was expecting a delivery of additional comfort items. four members of the hostage team approached the bunker and opened the hatch dropping in a flash bang device to distract dykes. he was disoriented but managed to fire one shot. the hostage tea
, president obama will deliver the first state of the union address of his second term. and despite all the attention that gun violence and immigration have been getting in recent weeks, the economy will be the president's major theme. we have more on this tonight from nbc white house correspondent peter alexander. hi, peter. >> reporter: hi, lester. good evening to you. unlike his inaugural address last month, senior advisers to the president say that his state of the union address will be more specific, more policy and agenda oriented, as the president charts out his proposed course for the next year. heading into his fifth annual address before congress tuesday night, senior administration officials say mr. obama will focus on jobs and the economy, echoing familiar themes about strengthening the nation's middle class. >> our economy grows when everybody's getting a fair shot and everybody's getting a fair shake. >> reporter: the president, advisers say, will emphasize the value of spending on education to give americans the skills they need. infrastructure, like roads. research, incl
. obama is trying to advance his most ambitious legislative agenda since his first year in office, on the heels of a re-election victory. the country just doubled down on obama's agenda, which isn't something the president could have said even at his peak of popularity in early 2009. mike murphy, that's the backdrop. how do you see his approach? >> well, i'm a critic of it, and i hope he changes it with the state of the union for this reason. there's no doubt he won fair and square. 66 million votes. but 61 million people voted to fire him. and about 230 congressional districts, those incumbents don't care about emails from the president and michelle. he has to get out of the way of immigration or the deal will blow up. and the republicans in the short-term have the politics to hunker down. in the mid term elections, some of the senate races are in places where the president is unpopular. so the path he started on, which was i've got a very broad agenda and i'm going to still keep a campaign style thing of pressuring you won't work with these guys, and that will result in gridlock
goes front and center in washington as president obama holds high-level talks at the white house. house members will tackle the very issue on capitol hill. tracie potts joins us with a preview of that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that hearing is being held by the house judiciary committee controlled by republicans. some of whom want to make sure the border is secure before we put immigrants on a path to citizenship. that's been the focus of president obama and it will be the focus today when he meets with a number of different groups at the white house, business leaders, labor leaders, civic groups to talk about how do we deal with the 11 million people who have been living, many of them for years, in this country illegally. also today he sent secretary of homeland security, janet napolitano, to the border to take a look at what needs to be done there. she was in san diego yesterday, she'll be in el paso, texas, today. >> very big issue for leaders. >>> nbc news contained a memo that contains legal justification for drone strikes on u.s. citizens. the document says the gove
, shadow of once was. under president obama, the program has used to take out more than 400 targets in pakistan and the middle east. we'll continue to watch that. >>> potential cuts to the defense department budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples of 1600 gun related deaths that december day to remind his audience as their obligation as lawmake
almaguer reporting. >>> president obama will be putting the final touches on his state of the union speech to be delivered tomorrow night. he's expected to explain his agenda for the next four years and lay the groundwork for the big budget battle with congress. brian mooar has a preview. >> reporter: the economy, jobs, and the middle class are expected to be center stage tuesday night as president obama delivers his fourth state of the union address. foreshadowing his second-term agenda, the president will be trying to take the high ground from republicans in the fight over budget cuts. >> they rather ask more from the vast majority of americans and put our recovery at risk than close even a single tax loophole that benefits the wealthy. >> reporter: the president and democrats are demanding what they see as a fair balance. >> so what we do need is more revenue and more cuts. what i would like to see is in the big, balanced, bold proposal. >> reporter: if there's no deal by march 1st, deep, automatic spending cuts kick in. >> these indiscriminate reductions do not make sense. tell hurt pe
. >> president obama, his last campaign promise to the american people, the final debate, this is what he said about sequester. >> first of all, sequester is not something that i proposed. it's something that congress has proposed. it will not happen. >> he said it will not happen. you're preparing for it to happen. it seems paul ryan was just on "meet the press" last week and he said it's more likely to happen than not. in your view, is this going to happen? >> in a world of responsible politics, it should not happen. >> ok. we don't live in that world right now. are you assuming it's going to happen? >> look, we've got to plan for that possibility. because there are so many members that are saying we're going to let it take place. but i have to tell you, it is irresponsible. for it to happen. i mean, why in god's name would members of congress elected by the american people take a step that would badly damage our national defense? but more importantly, undermine the support for our men and women in uniform. why would you do that? >> general dempsey, you have said this would be catastrophic.
-elect obama in 2008 on the coming bailout of the american automobile industry. those significant adjustments included the bankruptcy of general motors just days after my next guest came out of retirement and landed in the drivers's seat at gm. it's ed whitacre. long-time ceo of at&t. he served as chairman and ceo at gm from 2009 to 2010. a story he told in mhis memoir. what a great read. your back has terrific lessons of the trade. you say it's not magic, it's management. businesses are not democracies. what did your role in the bailout in such a challenging time for the country teach you about managing and about management? >> well, i've always thought management was responsible for what happened. this taught me, once again, that's a true statement. >> right. so it's about leadership, it's about -- >> it's about leadership. >> -- the lead. what were the biggest problems at gm that you couldn't have not known before you arrived in detroit? >> well, i thought gm had a vision but when i got there i found out they didn't. and so i thought it was very important we establish a vision, which we di
. they took him into custody. >>> the president sat down with scott kelley before the super bowl today. obama applauded the steps the nfl is taking to make the game safer. >> i feel differently about the nfl. these are grown men. they're well compensated. they know the risks that are involved. but as we start thinking about, you know, the pipeline. pop warner, high school, college, i want to make sure that we're doing everything we can to make the sport safer and that means that the game's probably going to evolve a little bit. >> he discussed a number of issues today and also spoke about the boy scouts and that he believes they should allow gays to be members. he said the scouts promote young people, giving them lifelong leadership training and opportunities and that everyone who wants to should have the opportunity to be a part of that organization. >>> officials at the boy scouts announced last week they are considering changing their long-standing ban on gays to a policy to let troops make their own decisions on the issue. gay rights activists praised last week's announcement while some c
obama will deliver his state of the union address. nbc's peter alexander reports that the economy will be the president's major theme. heading into his fifth annual address, they say mr. obama will focus on jobs and the economy, echoing familiar themes about strenght the strengthening the middle class. >> oefsh economy grows when everybody is getting a fair shot and shake. >> reporter: he will emphasize the value of spending on education to give americans the skill they need. infrastructure like roads, research, including clean energy technology and manufacturing. the inauguration was more about the underdog. if this is about people that have already made it but the american dream is fading and he's got their backs. >> reporter: adding to the urgency of tuesday's speech, the looming zi sequester deadlines that from march 1th in across the board cuts are start to take effect. >> it couldn't have any more self-inflicted wonds. the economy is pose r poised to take off. >> reporter: the president warning those cuts could cause a huge blow to the economy. we certainly blow more tax rev
sort of paybacks here and the hypocrisy argument. you may recall that mr. obama and eric holder before he came attorney general denounced the justice department memos that explained why waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques were leader. yes, this crowd doesn't arrest and interrogate suspected terrorists. it merely blows them away with missiles from the sky. here is the political reality. this president, like the president before him, a republican, they both believe that in the war on terror, you should have strong executive power which includes the ability that congress authorized for the president to independently kill people associated with al qaeda as he sees fit. do you believe there should be a change in that authorization? is that the debate we ought to have? >> let me tell you, david, two things. first, this president came to office. he's kept us safe with the best military in the world and the best intelligence agencies. and of course we know the fate of osama bin laden. at the same time, he's kept us out of further war. he understands that is something that
returning from a ski outing to big bear. >>> well, today president obama will travel to minneapolis to push his proposal for broader gun control measures in the wake of the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut. tracie potts is live in washington with more on that. there's also a photo of the president that's raising some eyebrows. >> reporter: absolutely. he's traveling to minnesota because the white house thinks this is a perfect backdrop for him to push his gun control measures, it's a city that's done a lot to curb gun violence. as president obama pitches his gun control plan in minneapolis, more reaction to this white house photo, skeet shooting at camp david. critics are saying it's an obvious effort, as they put it, to pander to conservatives, making the point that the president supports the second amendment while pushing for gun-control measures. >> mark kelley argues checks must be expanded to keep guns away from mentally ill people. his wife was shot gabrielle giffords. >> he could have gone to a gun show or private seller and gotten a gun. >> this super bowl ad accused t
of the topics president obama is expected to cover. >> they make me like a hero and i'm not a hero. >> coming up, a story that will make you bay area proud. one woman uses her personal tragedy to fulfill a lifelong dream. >>> we're enjoying a sunny finish. still seeing some temperatures close to 60 degrees. tonight we will see some patchy frost. will the seven-day forecast show any signs of rain or sierra snow? we'll take a close look at that. you in heaven. wrapped in luxury. you in action. you in motion. you in luck. play in style. talking stick resort, scottsdale. book now to enjoy cactus league spring training rates. . >>> hundreds of people are meeting to discuss the city's crime problem. nbc bay's monty francis live with the story. monty? >> reporter: good evening. there is standing room only inside this theater behind me. the meeting was supposed to end at 5:00 but it is still going on now. bill bratton is not here but the man esteeming up with to review the oakland police department, rob wasserman is inside speaking. wasserman is the cheryl of the strategic policy partnership is he has a
:48. president obama's nominee to head the cia will be in the hot seat later this morning. that's when john brennan will go before a senate panel confirmation hearing. brennan is being tasked to defend the obama administration's use of unmanned drones to kill terror suspects. he helped run the drone program. >> we have a high confidence that they are being done for the right reasons in the right way. >> what qualifies as an imminent threat that would warn taking a life without any kind of proceeding or any kind of review by anyone else? >> brennan is expected to face questioning on his role in the controversial terrorist interrogations used by the bush administration. >>> we're happy to report things are back to normal this morning for a san francisco tourist attraction after grinding to a scary halt yesterday. a spokesperson from san francisco municipal transportation agency says a bolt stuck right in the tracks appears to have caused a cable car accident that injured a total of ten people. the cable car was filled with tourists and locals and it came to an abrupt stop. investigators now l
at the remote scene later today. the tsunami warning has been lifted in that area. >> 4:49. president obama will lay out his second term agenda when he meets with top democratic leaders in washington. the white house says he will push for medicare reform and a ban on assault weapons, something members of his party oppose. part of the plan, immigration te(uás that kick in at the end the month. >> the balanced mix of spending cuts and tax reform is the best way to finish the job of deficit reduction. >> the sooner we solve our spending problems, the sooner our jobs problem goes away as well. >> president obama is expected to talk about the use of drone strikes to kill terrorists abroad even if it includes u.s. citizens. >> lance armstrong needs to act fast to have his lifetime ban possibly lifted. the u.s. anti-doping agency says in exchange for information on his drug use, it may lift the ban from cycling. he has only until the end of today to cooperate. armstrong telling the organization he cannot meet the deadline. the guy never does anything easy. he will instead cooperate with orld anti
. >>> it is 5:40. welcome back. president obama taking on hot button issues when he meets with democrats to lay out the second term agenda. tracy pots is live on capitol hill with a look at some of the issues he'll work to tackle. good morning. >> hey, john. good morning, everyone. a democratic president meeting with democrats. what's the big deal, you may ask. well, on some of the t issues president obama wants to pursue he could see push-back from his party like medicare reform. something the democrats tried to protect. but republicans want to take a close look at the budget process. gun control. president obama pushed for an assault weapons ban, but democrats, even the democratic leader on the senate side said that's unlikely to happen. not really the political will to get it done now. so where do they need to focus? money. they've got to focus on the budget. at the end of this month we are looking at $85 billion worth of cuts automatically if congress does nothing. president obama's message, do something temporarily. we have seen it while you work on a permanent budget. republicans say it n
:00, as president obama prepares to wage war over gun control arc new photo of him pops up that has gun lobbyists in arms. >>> from the president's inauguration to the super bowl half time show to the bay area, it seems beyonce knows the way to san jose. we'll explain. >>> a video game ends up having some very spooky predictions about last night's super bowl. we'll take a look ahead in business news. >>> president obama making his very first trip out of washington aimed specifically at pushing for more gun law, but it's a picture of the president with a gun in hand that has a lot of people talking this morning. tracy pots is on capitol hill this morning. she has the latest. >> reporter: as president obama pitches his gun control plan in minnesota today, more reaction to this white house photo of the president skeet shooting at camp david. critics say he's pandering to second amendment conservatives while pushing for a ban on assault weapons. that seems to have no chance on capitol hill. but universal background checks, that's gaining support. >> i think that everyone acknowledges we should do som
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. barack obama is going to town on -- and taking a page from ronald reagan's second term. and for a man called the great communicator it was historic tax reform. for obama, real steps toward gun safety. and the hegel hearing reminded some of the first debate. and finally, super bowl sunday. i've got some new rules. i'm -- i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, howard fineman, the bbc's katrina, annie lowrey and michael duffy. first up, barack obama sees a path to history on guns and immigration at this point two weeks into his second term. this is when he's strongest and he's taking his case to the country over the heads of washington. in rean'
join us in our "world tonight." >>> jay carney defends the memo saying president obama takes seriously his responsibility to protect the u.s. from al qaeda terrorists. the 16-page document uncovered by nbc news revealed the justice department approved the use of unmanned drone strikes on suspected terrorists even if they are u.s. citizens and if there's an imminent threat. one example the 2011 air strike in yemen which killed two suspects both u.s. citizens. today senator dianne feinstein demanded more details of that report. critics also spoke out today saying drone strikes kill innocent civilians. secret of the cia reveal the most complete report yet of covert operations when it comes to detaining terror suspects. today's report said 54 countries including afghanistan, syria and pakistan have helped the u.s. since the 9/11 attack. some of the countries provided intelligence or aided in the capture transport or detention of terror suspects. president obama will make his first trip to israel since becoming president. he will visit benjamin netanyahu to discuss a variety of topics inclu
mr. lott. the nfl has changed its stance on hard hits. president obama weighing in saying there are concerns right now about letting children play the sport. you started when you were very young man. you started playing when you were 9 years old. question is, considering some of the suicides and brain damage of former nfl players out there, where do you stand on this issue now? >> jon, i agree with the president. i think that what he said is that, look, we have to find ways to enhance this game and find ways to improve this game. we have to look at areas we can protect young people. for me i'm right with him. i think i'm part of this safety committee. john madden is the chairman of the safety committee. he's constantly trying to talk about ways that we can enhance the game. obviously we're trying to change hitting. we have to encourage young people in the youth leagues to change hitting. i think the other thing that we have to do especially in the youth area, we have to require kids to have new helmets every year and unfortunately when you think about that, that's a big co
's national pro-am from pebble beach. >> today president obama is back in washington, d.c. for a national prayer breakfast. a live look as he addresses the audience. we're back in a matter of minutes. >>> new video at 6:11 of a police car that smashed into the side of a school bus in sweetwater, florida, this morning. the picture is dark. we do understand the police officer is hurt. no word about the condition of anyone on the bus. >>> it is 6:12 right now. time for a quick check of the day's top stories. one police officer now dead and two others injured in california. a suspect is a former lapd police officer wanted for shooting deaths of two people in fullerton. we'll bring you updates throughout the morning. >>> a massive fire engulfed three apartment homes this morning in jersey city, new jersey. smoke could be seen for miles away on the new jersey turnpike. one fire captain being treated for a head injury. the cause is under investigation. >>> the ntsb updating us on the investigation into battery problems onboard those boeing 787 dreamliners. the faa ended up grounding all dreamlin
to discuss a long time policy. a ban on gay members. today president obama weighed in on the controversial topic. >>> plus, a change in the forecast that could affect your commute this week. a beautiful night in san francisco. >>> as we've been reporting, the power is out at the superdome. we want to go to dave feldman at the csn sports net. you're here by phone. i understand the power is back on. this has to be really unusual. >> reporter: yeah, it is. it just went back on. it was a 34-minute delay. and if anything, it is good news for the 49ers. because the 49ers were clearly the team without the momentum. they're losing 28-6. and the ravens have just returned a kickoff for 100 yards. the longest in super bowl history. things were not going their way. during the delay, you know, the 49ers were kind of cool and calm. they've been through this before. it happened on a monday night game at candlestick park and the power went out. that's the game that they had won. the ravens were very upset. john harbaugh visibly upset because he thought they should start play a little earlier. their side l
of our torn-up shoreline. thanks. >>> president obama made an interesting choice for interior secretary today, nominating sally jewel to replace the outgoing ken salazar. jewel is ceo of rei, the outdoor outfitter. she hasn't worked in government but was a chemical engineer for mobile and a banker in her earlier career. she'll oversee half a million federal acres. the president said she once took a month-long hike in the mountains of antarctica. the president confessed as a native hawaiian, given the cold, it's something that would never occur to him. >>> the outgoing defense secretary said to students in a speech to georgetown, today, leon panetta warned of huge budget cuts looming for the pentagon if congress doesn't act. and he had some choice words for both sides blaming each for to reach an agreement to avoid cuts to our military. also generally what's happened lately to washington. >> thank you very much. this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis, precisely at a time o
lady michelle obama heading to chicago tomorrow to attend the funeral of a young girl killed just days after performing at the president's inauguration. hadiya pendleton was shot back in january when a gunman opened fire on a group of young people. the honors student and drum majorette had just returned from washington, d.c., where she performed for the nation during inauguration festivities for president obama. no arrests so far have been made in this shooting. >>> after 40 years in washington today is retirement day for leon panetta. the santa clara university alum began his political career as a california congressman. just yesterday he testified on the department of defense's response to the attack on u.s. facilities in benghazi. panetta was the director of the cia at the time osama bin laden was killed. no word on what he plans to do or if he will move back to his home on the central coast. an armed forces farewell ceremony will be held later today. >>> san jose international airport could soon become home to a brand new private airport for google executives. the $82 million proje
lady michelle obama was there to comfort a community still in shock, and a mother in the grips of grief. >> no mother, no father, should ever have to experience this. >> reporter: pendleton, a majorette -- >> i'm hadiya -- >> reporter: -- performed in events surrounding the president's inauguration and was shot to death just a few days later. and while there were remembrances today -- >> on that day, the last thing i saw before they put her in the ambulance was her smiling, and from heaven above, i know that each day she's smiling down on all of us. >> reporter: -- there were also demands for action. >> we can put a man on the moon but we can't come together to figure this situation out. >> reporter: the funeral comes on the eve of the president's state of the union address when he plans to reiterate his push for stiffer gun laws, which includes universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and limits on high-capacity magazines. but this week, mr. obama acknowledged the political reality. >> there are regional differences here. and we should respect those. >> reporter: politica
obama will address the nation tomorrow in his state of the union address. in his speech the president is sure to urge congress to prevent automatic cuts next month. he's also expected to push for gun control, clean energy and immigration reform but the white house says he'll focus on middle class jobs. >> i hope to be able to hear from the president in the state of the union that he wants to join us in trying to effect much smarter cuts in spending. >> the results could be a huge blow to middle class families and our economy as a whole. all our economic progress could be put at risk. >> after tomorrow's address, president obama hits the road with his plan for the budget and ideas to stimulate the economy starting in north carolina on wednesday. >>> u.s. olympic ski champion lindsay vaughn right now is recovering from surgery. yesterday doctors operated on her right knee repairing two shredded ligaments and they also worked on a fractured bone. the four-time world cup champion you can see here took a nasty spill during an event last week in austria. vaughn at this point remaining hopef
tellez, "today in the bay." >> all right. 5:38. the new picture of president obama has gun advocates crying foul. we'll have a live report from washington coming up. >> reporter: and i'm bob redell. we'll tell you about the surprise discovery firefighters stumbled upon while fighting this house fire here in the south bay. that story coming up. >>> welcome back on a monday morning. live look over san francisco there. cool the way that fog makes the light turn orange over the city. we all wish it was going to be that scarlet and gold but 49ers didn't quite get it done. a great season. great year. very proud of our 49ers. next year we'll go get them. it's 5:41. this morning president obama heading off to minnesota to try to rally support for an assault weapons ban and universal background checks on gun buyers. a new photo released by the white house showing the president firing a weapon raising a few eyebrows. "today in the bay's" tracie potts is live on capitol hill this morning with more on this growing controversy. tracie, good morning. >> hi, jon. good morning. you saw the photo ove
are a sports party must have. even president obama had his bings in the west wing today. the busiest day of the year for finger food establishments. wing stop pittsburgh estimates they'll go through 30 boxes of fresh chicken. that's about 1,200 pounds. they stopped taking online orders earlier this week and were completely sold out for pregame pick-ups between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. >> we about triple our business on a day like today. all the 49er championship games have been extraordinarily busy for us and this will be another one. probably even busier. >> it was some concern there might be a shortage of chicken wings due to last year's drought. that's because it drives up the cost of food for the chickens. it is not true americans will consume more than a billion wings this weekend. >> all right. the super bowl is typically the most watched television event of the year and it turns out many people use that as an excuse to get a new tv. the past several years, tv sales spiked before the super bowl. this year was no exception. especially here in niner territory. >> at least 25% more sales wh
and was returning from a visit to big bear lake. >> obama is calling for universal background checks, and limits to high capacity magazines. >> we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> the president picked minneapolis for his news conference today, once dubbed murder opolis, because they were credited with bringing their crime rate to a 30 year low. >> as the saying goes, i have big heels to fill. >> after 28 years in the senate, john kerry arrived this morning at his new job at the u.s. state department. he received a warm and supportive welcome, he was quick to thank hillary clinton. he hit the ground running, speaking with leaders in the middle east, asia and mexico over the weekend. he is the 68th secretary of state but the first male secretary of state since 2005. >> sergio romo will not face charges. he was upset with tsa agents after failing to provide proper i.d. at a security check point. the charges carry the possibility of six months in jail and a thousand dollar fine, today, an aide at the clark county da's office said a screening panel decided to d
through a ventilation pipe. >>> on his first trip in his second term president obama hit the road to push for stricter gun laws. nbc bay area's janelle wang is here with that story and more in our "world tonight." >>> raj, president obama chose minneapolis because the city has recently brought its crime rate to a 30-year low. the president is pushing congress to pass universal background checks, a limit on high-capacity magazines and an assault weapons ban. in his speech today the president said law enforcement should never be outgunned on the streets. universal background streets is gaining support but the ban on assault weapons is a tougher fight. >> there's even one thing we can do. if there's just one life we can save, we've got an obligation to try. we don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something. >> the president is also calling for greater access to mental health care. >>> after 28 years in the senate john kerry has started his new job as secretary of state. he received a warm welcome at the state department and then made a few brief remarks which included a
this discussion forward. >> reporter: president obama sits down today with ceos, labor leaders and civic groups to talk about immigration. >> we need congress to act on a comprehensive approach that finally dealses with the 11 million immigrants in the country right now. >> reporter: what he didn't say was we'll tighten up the borders before letting them stay here legally. during her border tour, janet napolitano warned against a complete lockdown. >> we have to have a safe and secure border, but you have to have one where people can travel back and forth to conduct legitimate travel and trade and commerce. >> reporter: republicans insist border security first. we'll hear more on that this morning at a house judiciary committee hearing. latinos largely rejected republicans in last election, but it's unclear if that will soften conservatives. >> many are from districts where there isn't a huge amount of pressure to attack this issue right now. >> reporter: antiimmigration groups say enforcing laws already on the books would force thousands to leave the u.s. on their own. >> we think if we did th
was arrested. the police say that the obama never posed a risk. the prosecution's case will need to be very detailed. >> all of the key issues in the case were lylely recorded. certainly there were wire taps involved. because of the issue of entrapment, you do not want to have the government, in effect, committing the crime. >> another key to prosecuting the case will be the suspect's mental capacity. >> he associated himself with the taliban, is that a fantasy or something he believed. those issues will be critical. >> matthew had his first court appearance this morning, he will be back in court for a bail hearing next wednesday in oakland. we are live in san jose, nbc area news. >> the affidavit in the case is full of troubling details about the bombing plot and the suspect's plan to escape to another country can. we posted the entire do you want on our website and we will have more at 6:00. >> i'm in the nbc bay area investigateive unit. a picture of the weapon that led to his 2011 arrest and why he served one year of a six-year sentence. that is coming up. >> we will see you then. big d
soon of the. >>> president obama's fourth state of the union is expected to cover a lot of ground. jobs, the economy and the middle class will be the president's main focus tuesday night. he is expected to set the stage for a spending showdown with republicans that is ticking down to a march 1st deadline. that's when automatic cuts would happen if there is no agreement. >> they would rather ask more from the vast majority of americans and put our recovery at risk than close even a single tax loophole that benefits the wealthy. >> these indiscriminate reductions do not make sense. we'll hurt a lot of people and it is up to the president to act now. >> after his speech, the president will be taking his case to the people, visiting asheville, north carolina, atlanta, and chicago. the president's address will be followed by two responses from marco rubio and rand paul. >>> there was a successful test flight at boeing's problematic dream liner this weekend. it flew about 1,100 miles, taking off and landing at boeing field in seattle and that is very good news for the silicon valley. these ar
-bye. secretary of defense leon panetta, president obama praised him for helping to take osama bin laden. he has not announced when his last day in office will be. it's expected to be late last week. >>> and just because she's not a lion, she can't brag. the proud parent of a little lion king brought the littlest one out for all to see. look at my baby, isn't he adorable? the first time the three cubs were able to get out since they were born two weeks ago at an ecological preserve two weeks ago. said the little lion, hakuna mutata. a little "lion king." two cycling sic siblings just l. >>> wouldn't it be great if one of these storms didn't live up to the hype? insane what's going on in new england. not it. another storm on the map this one right across the midwest, already blizzard warnings for nebraska, northward to the dakotas and portions of minnesota. may not be millions of people in the path of that one, significant travel impacts for friends in the midwest. and watch out in texas, severe astorino. >>> and good saturday morning to you. most of the bay area waking up in the 30s. very chill
of those targets is an american citizen? this morning new questions about whether the obama administration is overstepping its bounds. they are among the most controversial and secret weapons on the war on terror. unmanned drones used to strike al qaeda targets worldwide. >> these strikes are legal and ethical and they are wise. >> reporter: today the white house is under fire after nbc news obtained a confidential just deps memo that includes deadly strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. among those targeted, an warral aulaqi, killed in yemen in 2011. >> it is a chilling document. it sets out the government's claimed authority. >>> senators are demanding more transparency about the strikes and expected to press josh brennan, the architect of the drone policy. during his confirmation hearings tomorrow. meanwhile, with billions of dollars in crippling budget cuts that go in effect march 1st, president obama urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that woul
attacks under president obama. >> new details op a cable car accident in san francisco that sent seven people to the hospital this week. we know a bolt on the tracks brought that cable car to a grinding halt yesterday, but where did that mysterious bolt come from and why didn't the emergency system kick in before that cable carl hit the bolt? nbc bay area's joe rosa ta junior has the answers. >> san francisco's cable cars are the city's picturesque ambassadors to visitors from around the world. but yesterday they showed one group of riders their ugly side. today inspectors from the state puc examined the tracks at powell and washington where car 25 came to an abrupt halt before hitting a bolt in the tracks. sending seven people to the hospital. today, muni officials revealed an bolt came from their own system. >> to cause -- the cause of the incident was in fact a loose bolt that came from the screw plate. >> muni said the bolt came loose from one of the 41 switches along the system, which are visually inspected every day. >> what we do now in addition to visually checking them is that
obama took his bush for tougher gun control laws to minneapolis today. a city they used to call murder-apolis back in the '90s before an aggressive push there to curb gun violence brought the homicide rate down with juvenile violent crime rates also dropping sharply. the president is calling on congress to pass that expansion of background checks, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and a ban on new assault weapons. >>> a lot of americans have read the book called "american sniper," written by former navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle, often referred to as america's best and deadliest sniper during his war-time deployments overseas. chris kyle was killed this weekend in texas after he and a friend took a troubled fellow marine veteran for an outing at a shooting range. we get the story tonight from nbc's jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: as a navy s.e.a.l. sniper in iraq, chris kyle was so feared, the enemy called him the devil of ramadi and put an $80,000 on his head. >> it gave me pride knowing i put fear in the mind of the terrorists and made them fearful of me. >> tragically, it was ba
president obama's health care overhaul. our investigative unit found it likely won't drive down any of the health care costs. but that's not all. investigative reporter stephen stock discovered major flaws in the current way costs here in california are reported to customers. stephen? >> reporter: raj, under current california law, anyone can get a list of prices for hospital services. what it cost you for an emergency room visit, for instance. it's called the payer's bill of rights and it's intended to give you information about the cost of your health care. but we discovered a wildly inaccurate and broken system, one that makes it almost impossible for you to really know exactly how much you're going to pay for that hospital visit. in a perfect world, health experts say, finding and getting the best deal at the hospital should be like going to buy a car. >> what you end up paying is a bargaining thing between your skill as a consumer and the car dealer's skill as a seller. >> reporter: try doing that at any bay area hospital and you'll find a wide variation in prices, and a bill t
a youngster if they're undocumented. i think that's the standard we should have. >> president obama's recent executive order gives undocumented youth a reprieve from deportation and also gives them the ability to get work papers. jose doesn't qualify. he's aged out of that program and so his legal status, that's still in limbo. a lot of students are skipping the classroom, though, and turning to computers. why? because they're making online learning a booming industry. it's one of the hottest ones these days and one of the most talked about startups here in silicon valley is a website for higher ed. now, you can register for free classes. i did say the magic word, free, from some really impressive schools. we're talking stanford, johns hopkins, princeton, duke, just to name a few. >> and so it's different in the sense that you're just on the computer taking a course by yourself. one of the things you're doing is you've got this online community so you call it peer to peer -- >> peer-to-peer learning or peer teaching. so whapt happens this is a very active experience. this is not the same as
obama, and i'm the guy who got mark to wear a jacket and tie. >> maybe, just maybe, this is a sign of change in silicon valley fashion. a ceo spotted sporting a blazer for a meeting with a venture capitalist, though the vc gets to wear jeans. clothing companies are targeting those silicon valley executives with a mix of traditional and digital commerce. a visit from a real-life tailor for measurements followed by online shopping to order a proper suit. richard hall is the founder of the website proper suit along with the dress shirt manufacturer called hall and madden. tech crunch says the clothing he sells is, quote, perfect for when a snarky t-shirt is not enough. thank you for joining us this morning. tell me the people you are marketing to. the young tech-savvy male is the very person who's unlikely to wear a suit. >> yeah. i get that a lot. and you're exactly right in that a lot of these guys who are young and they wear hoodies to work and they sort of dress down because they need to be comfortable for coding all day. but these guys are getting older and a little more mature a
in youth sports. >>> also in washington president obama is meeting with corporate executives and labor leaders this morning hoping to garner support for immigration reform. the president has said in the past he wants to give illegal immigrants a clear process to achieve citizenship. that includes the payment of fines, criminal background checks and going to the back of the line behind legal applicants. he has vowed to introduce his own bill in congress fails to act in a timely fashion. it comes ahead of a state of the union address next tuesday, which will challenge republicans on the issue. >>> new details being released this morning about felix bumgardner's free fall from space. a new report says the dare devil reached speeds of 843 miles per hour. that's well past the speed of sound. it's even faster than previously thought. during his near 20-mile free-fall. officials say he remained supersonic for a half minute while maintaining a heart rate below 185 beats per minute. you got to be cool to do that. about 50 million people watched it on youtube. >> it was ver
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